Since I’m busy making a mini series of stand-alone webcomic updates at the moment (you can see my previous two mini series here and here), I thought that I’d talk very quickly about how to get inspired when making your webcomic.
The fact is that thinking of new, funny and/or interesting ideas for daily webcomic updates is often one of the most challenging parts of making a webcomic. So, I thought that I’d quickly talk about a few easy sources of inspiration that can come in handy when you can’t think of a good idea for your next update.
These sources of inspiration work best with webcomics that have stand-alone updates, rather than webcomics that tell a continuous story. Likewise, some of them work best when you only use them occasionally. However, the first one on this list can be used as many times as you like.
So, let’s get started:
1) Curiosities and fascinations: One of the easiest ways to get an idea for a webcomic update is to look around online for curious facts, items and/or random news stories that fascinate you. Chances are, you’ve probably read about a lot of these things beforehand anyway. But, slightly unusual facts can be a great starting point for a webcomic update.
For example, I made this webcomic update after randomly reading about the former Kowloon Walled City online and becoming absolutely fascinated by it.
2) Running jokes: This is a classic trick, but it might be worth setting up a few running jokes in your webcomic.
As well as being something amusing for long-term readers of your webcomic, having a few running jokes also means that you’ll have an emergency comic idea on hand for the times when you’re feeling uninspired.
3) Your Opinions: I know that I talked about this topic a couple of days ago, but it bears repeating. One of the easiest ways to come up with ideas for webcomic updates is to think of topics and issues that you feel passionately about and then find a way to incorporate them into your webcomic. If you can’t think of any, then just read the news for a while until you see something that you feel opinionated about.
As long as you don’t do this too often and you don’t lecture your audience too much, then this can be a surprisingly easy way to get inspired again.
4) Parodies: This is another obvious one, but an easy way to make a quick webcomic update is to parody something. After all, if you’re the kind of nerdy person who makes webcomics regularly, then there are probably lots of TV shows, films etc… that you’re a massive fan of and could parody in an instant if you tried to.
For example, this update from my current webcomic mini series is kind of a parody of “Mythbusters”:
Sorry for the short article, but I hope it was useful 🙂